Former Trinidadian football player Jlloyd Samuel died on Tuesday, aged 37, in a traffic accident in England, the soccer federation of Trinidad and Tobago confirmed in a statement.
A former defender with English clubs Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers, Samuel's car collided with another vehicle and caught fire. He had dropped off his children at school.
Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel.— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) May 15, 2018
Rest in peace, Jlloyd. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.#BWFC 🐘 🏰 pic.twitter.com/ghyeJpCuYd
"We've received some terrible news that former National defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England," the soccer federation said on its official website. The statement detailed that Samuel's body was "discovered burnt" after the crash, and extended the "deepest condolences" to the player's family.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a car accident— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 15, 2018
Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time
Despite being born in Trinidad and Tobago, Samuel grew up in London, where he joined Charlton Athletic, then moved to Aston Villa in 2007. After nine years with Aston, the defender spent a season on loan at Gillingham before joining Bolton Wanderers for four seasons. In his years in the Premier League, Samuel played 240 games and scored two goals, and appeared in two games with his national team. Meanwhile, Samuel had two loan stints with Gillingham and Cardiff City.
According to The Sun, the former defender was making his way back after dropping his children at school when the accident happened. His car was burst into flames and police, fire engines and ambulance were rushed to the scene. On eyewitness was quoted as saying, “I could even see in. The fire was too bad. I was too late.”
Following the accident, Aston Villa (in their Championship fixture against Middlesbrough) wore a black armband as a tribute to Samuel.